Friday, August 12, 2016

Wow #PopeFrancis visits former Prostitutes in Rome - Rescued from Trafficking to bring Mercy - SHARE

OnFriday, August 12, 2016 Pope Francis visited a refugee home in Rome housing women rescued from the sex trade.This visit is part of his ‘Friday of Mercy’ for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Pope John the 23rd community runs the home. Pope Francis met 20 women who were freed from the sex trade that were taken from their home countries. These countries included Romania, Albania, Nigeria, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Italy. The women had suffered severe physical abuse during their time as sex workers and now live in protection. The Holy See Press office explained that this visit showed need to fight against human trafficking. Pope Francis described trafficking as “a crime against humanity” and “an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ”.

Amazing New #ProLife Movie "Voiceless" you can bring to Inspire your Community - Watch Trailer

Jesse Dean is a recently discharged soldier who had a rough upbringing, but because of his wife, found God and now is totally devoted to his faith. Trailer:. He and wife move to Philadelphia so he can take a new job as an outreach leader at an old church whose membership has been declining. As everything is going well and as he starts connecting to the community, he discovers there's an abortion clinic directly across the street from the church. He goes to the pastor and to several others in the church and tries to get their help to no avail. One day something tragic and personal happens to him while he's going about his everyday routine. He comes to the point that he begins to take action himself. He gets involved but the more involved he gets, the more resistance he gets from those in church and community. His wife, who thinks his actions will get him fired or land him in jail, also comes against him. Finally, it comes down to him having to make a choice: is he going to take the easy way out and back off, which is what everyone wants him to do, or will he face a major confrontation which will require him to put everything on the line…not just his job, but his freedom and marriage as well. This film encourages people to stand up for what they know is right, particularly as it pertains to taking God's truths into society to address social issues. It addresses the spirit of retreat as it pertains to engaging the culture that has developed within the Church. (Synopsis from Voiceless Website)
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Director: Pat Necerato Writer: Pat Necerato Stars: Rusty Joiner, Jocelyn Cruz, Victoria Gates |

Wow Three New #Priests Ordained in War-Torn Iraq - Please Pray

Erbil celebrates three new priests, witnesses of Christ among refugees

Two years after fleeing Qaraqosh and the Nineveh Plain, three young men were ordained to the priesthood. The rite celebrated in a refugee camp before 1,500 worshipers. Fr. Momika: "A day of mourning transformed into a celebration." The task of the anointed is "to give Christ to the people" and instill "strength, confidence and courage".
Erbil (AsiaNews) - Two years after the expulsion of thousands of Christian families from Qaraqosh, the center of the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq, three young men from the city have been ordained to the priesthood in a refugee camp in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan . The ceremony took place in recent days and has been a source of joy and hope for the persecuted Christians, victims of violence and marginalization.
At least 1,500 people - in spite of the places for only 800 - filled every corner of the church, to share the feast day of the Syrian Catholic community and its three new priests: Fr. Roni Salim Momika, Fr Emad and Fr. Petros.
"We fled from Qaraqosh two years ago, at this time," says Fr. Momika in an interview with Catholic News Agency (NSC). He does not hide the challenges, difficulties and many sorrows suffered by the Christian community in this period so troubled in its history.
The ordination of three new priests of the Syrian Catholic Church took place on August 5 in a prefabricated church located in the refugee camp Aishty 2, on the outskirts of Erbil. It is home to about 5,500 people who fled in the summer of 2014, as a result of the advance of the militias of the Islamic State (IS).
Archbishop Petros Yohanno Moshe, head of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Mosul, Kirkuk and Iraqi Kurdistan presided.
Before the rise of the jihadists, Qaraqosh was the most important Christian center of the country; inside and in the surrounding towns scattered on the Nineveh Plain lived about a quarter of Iraq's Christian population.
"Until now, this day was linked to bad memories, because [in the night between August 5 and 6, 2014] we became refugees and IS made its entry in Qaraqosh". Today, however, has been transformed from a day of mourning and "given new hope to all our people”.
Over the past two years Fr. Momika worked alongside young people and women in the refugee camp, where he hopes to continue in the future - as a priest. He wants to "stand alongside the refugees", to share their joys, sufferings and difficulties. His role, he explains, is to "give Christ to the people" and instill "strength, confidence and courage".
In the past the same Fr. Momika, along with his sister, had been the victim of an attack. In 2010, a bomb exploded during the passage of a bus carrying the future priest and other young Christians, all university students, from the Nineveh Plain to the University of Mosul.
Because of the forced closure of the Qaraqosh seminary after the jihadist advance, he moved to the Al-Sharfa, in Lebanon, where he was able to complete his studies. He then returned to Iraq for his ordination to the diaconate, on March 19 last. Shared from AsiaNewsIT

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Fri. August 12, 2016 #Eucharist

Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 417

Reading 1EZ 16:1-15, 60, 63

The word of the LORD came to me:
Son of man, make known to Jerusalem her abominations.
Thus says the Lord GOD to Jerusalem:
By origin and birth you are of the land of Canaan;
your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.
As for your birth, the day you were born your navel cord was not cut;
you were neither washed with water nor anointed,
nor were you rubbed with salt, nor swathed in swaddling clothes.
No one looked on you with pity or compassion
to do any of these things for you.
Rather, you were thrown out on the ground as something loathsome,
the day you were born.

Then I passed by and saw you weltering in your blood.
I said to you: Live in your blood and grow like a plant in the field.
You grew and developed, you came to the age of puberty;
your breasts were formed, your hair had grown,
but you were still stark naked.
Again I passed by you and saw that you were now old enough for love.
So I spread the corner of my cloak over you to cover your nakedness;
I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you;
you became mine, says the Lord GOD.
Then I bathed you with water, washed away your blood,
and anointed you with oil.
I clothed you with an embroidered gown,
put sandals of fine leather on your feet;
I gave you a fine linen sash and silk robes to wear.
I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms,
a necklace about your neck, a ring in your nose,
pendants in your ears, and a glorious diadem upon your head.
Thus you were adorned with gold and silver;
your garments were of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth.
Fine flour, honey, and oil were your food.
You were exceedingly beautiful, with the dignity of a queen.
You were renowned among the nations for your beauty, perfect as it was,
because of my splendor which I had bestowed on you,
says the Lord GOD.

But you were captivated by your own beauty,
you used your renown to make yourself a harlot,
and you lavished your harlotry on every passer-by,
whose own you became.

Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you when you were a girl,
and I will set up an everlasting covenant with you,
that you may remember and be covered with confusion,
and that you may be utterly silenced for shame
when I pardon you for all you have done, says the Lord GOD.

OrEZ 16:59-63

Thus says the LORD:
I will deal with you according to what you have done,
you who despised your oath, breaking a covenant.
Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you when you were a girl,
and I will set up an everlasting covenant with you.
Then you shall remember your conduct and be ashamed
when I take your sisters, those older and younger than you,
and give them to you as daughters,
even though I am not bound by my covenant with you.
For I will re-establish my covenant with you,
that you may know that I am the LORD,
that you may remember and be covered with confusion,
and that you may be utterly silenced for shame
when I pardon you for all you have done, says the Lord GOD.

Responsorial Psalm Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6

R. (1c) You have turned from your anger.
God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
R. You have turned from your anger.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.
R. You have turned from your anger.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!
R. You have turned from your anger.

AlleluiaSEE 1 THES 2:13

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Receive the word of God, not as the word of men,
but, as it truly is, the word of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 19:3-12

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying,
“Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”
He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning
the Creator made them male and female and said,
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?

So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”
They said to him, “Then why did Moses command
that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?”
He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts
Moses allowed you to divorce your wives,
but from the beginning it was not so.
I say to you, whoever divorces his wife
(unless the marriage is unlawful)
and marries another commits adultery.”
His disciples said to him,
“If that is the case of a man with his wife,
it is better not to marry.”
He answered, “Not all can accept this word,
but only those to whom that is granted.
Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so;
some, because they were made so by others;
some, because they have renounced marriage
for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.”